Did you see what I heard?

Join us in celebrating our hometown music heroes with this new music documentary series: Seeing Music, presented by the New Orleans Film Society, in partnership with the NOCCA Institute, WWOZ, and OffBeat Magazine.

The series will kick off on February 5th, 2019 with Closeup: Tank & the Bangas. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Tank and the Bangas and director Charlie Steiner (of WWOZ). The conversation will be moderated by local musician Derrick Freeman.

On March 14th, Lily Keber’s Buckjumping, a documentary about New Orleans dance culture, following six different communities, each one a unique example of tradition, resistance, and collective exaltation of the city. Buckjumping had its World Premiere at the 29th New Orleans Film Festival in October 2018 and won the Audience Award for Best Louisiana Documentary Feature and the Best Cinematography Prize (Louisiana Feature) at the festival. Keber will lead a conversation about the film after the screening, along with participants in the documentary.

Admission is FREE for New Orleans Film Society members and NOCCA students.
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A third screening will be held on April 11th and the surprise film will be announced in early February.

Seeing Music: A Music Documentary & Conversation Series
presented by the New Orleans Film Society
Venue: Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, The NOCCA Institute, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans.
February 5th, 2019 – Closeup: Tank & the Bangas
March 14th, 2019 – Buckjumping
April 11th, 2019 – TBA soon
Time: Mingle with other music lovers from 7pm – 7:30pm with a cash bar in the lobby of the Lupin Hall, film begins at 7:30pm, post-film Q&A to follow.

Tank and the Bangas

Closeup: Tank and the Bangas – February 5th, 2019, 7pm, Lupin Hall at the NOCCA Institute.
Tickets are available here.

Closeup: Tank and the Bangas, dir: Charlie Steiner, USA, 2018, 35 min.
This WWOZ documentary is in-depth profile of the exciting New Orleans band Tank and the Bangas as they surge to national prominence. The film pulses with fiery poetry and the band’s infectious music that defies categories.

Tank and The Bangas were formed in 2011 at an open mic set in New Orleans, centered at a shotgun house, Jerk Chicken Sam’iches and a drum set. Instantaneously this group knew that they had something that stirred crowds that cried out for original music from them. Combining the various musical technique among the Bangas, coupled with the instilling play on lyrics from the lead vocalist; Tank and The Bangas have quilted a unique sound that singles them as one of the most distinctive groups to come out of New Orleans. Group members include Tank/ Lead vocalist/Norman Spence on Bass/keyboard, Joshua Johnson/Drums, Merell Burkett/keys/ Nita Bailey/Percussion; and various other Bangas.


Buckjumping – March 14th, 2019, 7pm, Lupin Hall at the NOCCA Institute.
Tickets are available here.

Buckjumping, dir: Lily Keber, USA, 2018, 80 min.
Way downtown, a crowd gathers to watch the men of the Nine Times Social Aid and Pleasure Club show out on their second-line Sunday. At Seal’s in the 7th Ward and Sportsman’s Corner in Central City, hard-working drag king Hustler entertains his adoring public. After school, the young ladies of the Edna Karr High School dance team practice for the big parade. And before dawn on Mardi Gras day, the indians of the Creole Wild West set out on their long patrol across the city. On any day of the week, in any corner of the city, the people of New Orleans are on their feet, dancing to mourn the dead, to celebrate life, and to leave their everyday routines for a moment of pure joy. Featuring interviews with DJ Jubilee, Mannie Fresh, Mia X, and more, the second feature by Lily Keber (Bayou Maharaja) offers a panoramic view of the city’s ever-evolving dance traditions.